John Wheeler, Published November 12 2012
Winter got off to an early start in 1986 as wellOn this day in 1986, the morning temperature in Fargo Moorhead was 5 below zero. This was the fifth consecutive morning with a subzero temperature.
A severe blizzard had swept across North Dakota on Nov. 7-9, dropping up to 24 inches of snow. The storm passed directly over Fargo-Moorhead, bringing in warm air and keeping our precipitation as rain for the first two days of the storm, but we eventually ended up with about four inches.
However, winds gusting to 50 mph just about shut everything down. The North Dakota State University Bison played a football game at Dakota Field (outside) during the blizzard.
Winter had begun extremely early in 1986, but the snow was mostly gone by late November and the true winter months of December through February broke a record for having the highest average temperature. That record stood until this past winter.
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